Ashland FFA receives Top Chapter Award, Model of Innovation in Growing Leaders state winner
COLUMBIA, Mo., April 20, 2023 – The Missouri FFA Association awarded the Ashland FFA Chapter a Gold Emblem, a Top Chapter Award. Ashland placed second out of 355 chapters and was the Model of Innovation in Growing Leaders State Winner. Only 10 percent of state chapters receive a top chapter designation annually.
The National Chapter Award Program is designed to recognize FFA chapters that actively implement the mission and strategies of the organization. Chapters improve operations using the National Quality Chapter Standards and a Program of Activities that emphasize growing leaders, building communities, and strengthening agriculture. Chapters are rewarded for providing educational experiences for the entire membership. Both awards are sponsored by FCS Financial. The Ashland FFA Chapter advisors are Rebekah Hammett and Jeff Suthoff.
The Ashland FFA Chapters’ growing leaders activities included Buck$ N’ Breakfa$t. Members and their parents gathered for breakfast and heard from a local bank manager about savings and investment opportunities. After the guest speaker, officers guided each member and their parent(s) on how to accurately record their SAE financial system. The purpose of this event was to improve members’ financial literacy and success.
Building communities activities for the Ashland FFA Chapter included FFA Hunger Heroes. Members recognized that community members shopping on a limited budget could eliminate buying fresh protein. To combat this issue, fifty broiler birds were raised in the school chicken house to provide fresh chicken to community members at no charge.
Chapter activities in the strengthening agriculture category included Sprouting the Next Generation. Members created a 10-week program to educate second graders about agriculture through interactive and hands-on activities such as commodity sampling. The purpose of the event was to deepen young consumers’ understanding of agriculture, especially food production.
The top chapters in Missouri will compete for the National FFA Chapter Award. Winners will be announced this fall at the 96th National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis.
The Missouri FFA has 26,716 members representing 356 chapters. The national organization has more than 850,000 members representing 8,995 chapters in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.
The FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.
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Pictured from left to right are Lindie Pauley and Amelia Hawkins.